Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects To Design Prestigious Hotel Complex In Munich

Just one week after winning the design of the new permanent premises for the International Criminal Court in The Hague, schmidt hammer lassen architects (SHL) wins the architectural competition to design an approx. 40,000 m2 5-star hotel complex in Munich, in the southern part of Germany. This competition is the third large international competition won by schmidt hammer lassen architects in the first quarter of 2010.

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Modern Desert Escape // Half Moon Bay // Saudi Arabia // R204DESIGN


On a prominent site fronting the scenic Half Moon Bay in Saudi Arabia, the Northstar Resort will offer a world-class waterfront hospitality experience. The site lies at the northern apex of the cove, giving rise to the concept of establishing the project as a wayfinding landmark for the region.

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Lower East Side Hotel // New York // USA // ODA

Located in the Bowery, the Lower East Side Hotel (L.E.S.) designed by the Office for Design and Architecture (ODA) will feature over 220 rooms with minimalistic interiors to allow the ‘guests to use their personal aesthetic as an impromptu installation’. By designing tempered and laminated interior cylinders for the shower, toilet and closet, and using stark colors teamed with expansive city views, the small rooms seem larger than their dimensions.

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The AquaDomi Star Hotel R200: A Floating Hotel

The AquaDomi Star Hotel R200 designed by Danish architectural firm C.F. Møller is a floating hotel, designed and developed for an investor group, in co-operation with AquaDomi.

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WISA Wooden Design Hotel // Helsinki // Finland // Pieta-Linda Auttila

Architect Pieta-Linda Auttila has completed a prototype WISA Wooden Design Hotel in Helsinki, Finland, featuring a sculptural, wooden trellis between two box-like ends. The WISA Wooden Design Hotel is based on the winning proposal of the WISA 24h Wooden Design Workshop competition organized by UPM, one of the leading forest products companies in the world.

Nearly 100 designers took part. A total of 75 entries were submitted.

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Mayor Boris Johnson Bolts Final Beam Of London’s Largest New Build Hotel

Mayor Boris Johnson

Yesterday Mayor Boris Johnson bolted the final beam of the largest ever purpose-built hotel in London, as the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London designed by local BUJ Architects marked its ‘Topping Out.’

When it opens early next year on the South Bank, the £350 million hotel will feature more than 1,000 guest rooms and 2,700 square meters of meeting space.

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UNStudio To Build Raffles City In Hangzhou, China

Dutch architect Ben van Berkel of UNStudio has unveiled plans for a 60-story building with two towers in Hangzhou, China.

Called Raffles City, the building will incorporates retail, offices, housing and hotel facilities and marks the site of a cultural landscape within the Quianjiang New Town Area.

‘The philosophy behind the Raffles City concept is to integrate mixed use in an urban context, but in such a way as to give this concept a twist by focusing on where the urban context meets the landscape of the city,’ says van Berkel.

Raffles City Hangzhou will reach a height of 60 stories, presenting views both to and from the Qiantang River and West Lake areas, with a total floor area of almost 300,000 square meters.

‘In the design of the towers the urban element of the project twists towards the landscape, whilst the landscape aspect, in turn, twists towards the urban context, thereby effecting the incorporation and consolidation of these separate elements in one formal gesture.’

The building is due for completion in 2012.

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Hotel Renaissance Marriott // Paris // France // Atelier Christian de Portzamparc

Hotel Renaissance Marriott // Paris // France // Atelier Christian de Portzamparc

From Christian de Portzamparc:

‘Located on Wagram Avenue, this new hotel is located right where the Empire Theater used to be. The facade is characterized by undulating horizontal glazed bands. This great glass plaiting accommodates the rooms’ bow windows to free sight towards the Étoile and the Ternes. The 2 lower levels accommodate the boutiques as well as a large porch, which opens onto a court garden and leads to the Salle Wagram.’

PROGRAM: Hotel, located right where the Empire Theater used to be and a short walk from the Champs-Élysées and the Place de l’Étoile, Restaurant and Boutiques.
SURFACE: 8 500 m2 SHON